Build Your Quilting Skills Block by Block with [80+] 9 Inch Quilt Blocks
80+ designs to satisfy that itchin' to stitch!
Welcome! You've found our collection of tutorials for 9-inch quilt blocks, the perfect size for your next quilting project.
The block patterns include both traditional and paper piecing.
For any blocks with at least some paper piecing, the tutorials provide free printable paper piecing patterns (and any templates) in all sizes to make sewing a breeze.
All tutorials are written for multiple block sizes, with detailed instructions tailored for beginning quilters.
9" Quilt Design Basics
When designing quilts using two or more different blocks, it's helpful to know the grid the block is drawn on.
Choosing blocks drawn on the same grid usually makes them easier to assemble into the quilt top. More opportunities for seams to nest.
More opportunity for interesting secondary designs to form at the corners.
Most 9 inch quilt blocks are designed on a three-by-three grid, known as 9-patches.
[Learn more about 9-patch quilt blocks, how they're designed and constructed here.]
To up the design versatility in a 9" design, each grid square is divided. 3 becomes 6 becomes 9 becomes 12.
More squares mean more design opportunity.
Which can mean more and smaller pieces. If you're a quilter who'd prefer not to make any HSTs smaller than 1-1/2" finished, you'll be looking at 9-inch blocks drafted on 6x6 grids.
There's an exception to every rule—makes life interesting doesn't it...those little exceptions.
And a 9" block is no different.
You'll find the House Jack Built block, which is drawn on a 4x4 grid with 2¼" squares—an easy size to cut with a rotary cutter and ruler.
Just not a common size for a grid square, though.
In addition to the block tutorials, you'll find useful information on quilting rulers for nine-inch blocks, as well as a downloadable chart for planning out quilts.
The chart provides block counts for making quilts in different sizes—from comforter to coverlet to bedspread dimensions, with varying drops and with and without a pillow tuck.
Bookmark this page to find it again!
The purpose of this resource is to provide quilters with an all-in-one place to access nine-inch block patterns to fuel your quilting imagination.
With detailed illustrations and beginner-friendly instructions, these tutorials aim to encourage and empower. No matter your skill level.
New block tutorials are added regularly. Bookmark or Pin this page for easy access.
I hope you find these tutorials helpful and inspiring!
The 9-Inch Quilt Blocks Collection
The blocks are grouped by grid dimensions with the size of each square in parentheses.
If you are making a quilt and want to use and alternate blocks designs where both are pieced, choosing blocks drawn on the same grid is the easiest choice to piece.
3×3 grid (3")
4×4 grid (2¼")
This is the odd ball out of the lot. I've used the On-Point Ruler for cutting the patches. One of the few tutorials where I use a specialty ruler.
6×6 grid (1½")
These blocks are all 9-patches with the majority with equal sizes in the outer and center rows and columns.
Be on the lookout. There are a few uneven nine patches with a large center.
9×9 grid (1")
In this group, two of the blocks—Medieval Walls and Turkey Tracks#8212;are uneven 9-patches with small centers.
How many blocks do you need for a quilt?
Planning a quilt can seem daunting, especially when it comes to calculating dimensions and block counts. But never fear—I'm here to help make the process easy and enjoyable!
I've created a handy reference chart to take the guesswork out of planning your next quilt.
Simply find your mattress size on the chart, then look to the right to see the finished quilt dimensions, total blocks needed, and blocks per row and column.
With this chart, quilt planning becomes smooth sailing. No more headaches or stressing over calculations. Instead of grabbing a calculator, you can download and print it for a handy reference as you design.
My goal is to equip you with the tools and knowledge to confidently create stunning quilts. Quilting is such a meaningful art form, and I want to empower your creativity.
Sew go ahead. Click here to download this 'How Many 9" Quilt Blocks Do I Need for a Straight Set Quilt?' chart.
And there are more charts available. Browse through my article on 'How many blocks do I need for a _______ size quilt?' There are more charts to download there for additional block sizes.
Tools that make 9" quilt blocks easier to make
For squaring up your 9-inch blocks to the perfect unfinished 9-1/2", a square ruler exactly the size you need is heavenly.
Creative Grids has a 'grippy' edge all around the outside edges of this ruler, as well as grippy dots scattered across the bottom. This 'grippiness' plus its 45deg; line make this ruler a good choice for trimming down oversized half and quarter square triangles and Flying Geese.
If your seam allowances are always accurate, and you'd like a shortcut to cutting ALL your patches, a Go! Qube Mix & Match Die Set may be just what you need.
You'll need Accuquilt's Go!, Go! Big or Studio 2 cutter to use these dies.
With this set of dies you'll be able to cut patches for more than 72 blocks. That's a lot of variety.
Accuquilt offers additional sets of dies to add more unique patch shapes so that you can make even more blocks.
With the Angles set (below left), you can add Triangle in a Square, Corner Beams and Half Rectangle Triangles.
The Corners Companion set add Bowtie quilt blocks, a chisel shape, and a signature block to your toolbox.
The Setting Triangle die is handy if you're particularly drawn to on-point layouts. It includes both the side and corner triangle shapes you need.
If you are pulled to 9-inch blocks, these might be just the tools to help you bust even more stash.
Learn more about the Accuquilt fabric cutting system in my article 'Is A Fabric Cutting Machine Right for You?'.
9 inch quilt blocks are a Quilter's dream
They're the Goldilocks of quilt block sizes—not too big, not too small, simply just right.
That's a wrap, Stashbusters!
I hope you've enjoyed this little tour through the wonderful world of 9-inch quilt blocks. With so many creative designs to choose from, you're sure to find inspiration for your next patchwork project.
Whether you're a beginner dipping your toe into piecing or a seasoned pro looking to change up your style, these tutorials aim to encourage and empower.
Don't forget to download the handy planning chart to take the guesswork out of your next quilt's dimensions. And remember to bookmark or pin this page for quick access to all these block patterns.
It's time to stop talking and pick a block, pull from your fabric stash, and start sewing.
Your next quilt is waiting for you—one stitch at a time.
This article was printed from Generations-Quilt-Patterns.com